A Closer Look
Looking at Cooler Master’s entire line of CPU coolers, you have to admit that the Hyper 212 Plus looks pretty basic. Face it, comparing it to the V-8, V-10, Hyper Z600, or even its predecessor, the Hyper 212, this cooler looks downright plain. Of course, a cooler’s looks mean little, the real meaning to a cooler’s worth is how well it cools.
But, it is basic, a 120mm 4-heatpipe tower cooler with buffed 6mm heatpipes, stamped aluminum fins crimped to the heatpipes, and an aluminum base with the heatpipes exposed. The Cooler Master Logo is stamped into the top.
The cooler comes with one 120mm PWM fan, though it is configured for mounting a second optional fan. The blades are double-curved, much like some higher-tech jet engines, to give increased airflow. This is the first fan I’ve seen with the manufacturer’s logo stamped into one of the blades.
The fan has rubber anti-vibration pads already affixed, to keep down noise when running at high speed
The heatpipes have been buffed to a high shine.
When I first looked at the base it looked a little different from the others I’ve had. It took me a while to realize that the pipes haven’t been flattened as much as on some other coolers. I don’t feel that it really makes any difference, it was just something I noticed.
The Hyper 212 Plus has probably the shiniest base I’ve seen on an exposed heatpipe cooler. Most of them are not lapped at all.
The cooler has hardware to accommodate all Intel and AMD CPUs built over the past few years. The Hyper 212 Plus has a totally different concept, the mounting hardware is designed for the same baseplate and bracket to fit both AMD and Intel. More on that in a minute.